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Projekta sanaksme 2509 8022On 27th December 2019 the last meeting of the steering group was held in Carnikava to discuss the new Nature Conservation Plan for the Nature Park “Seaside”, which is being developed under the LIFE CoHaBit project. The meeting was attended by representatives from the Nature Protection Board, the Riga Council Housing and Environment Department, the State Environment Service, the State Forest Service, JSC Latvia’s State Forests, the Rural Support Service, the Freeport of Riga, the State Centre for Defence Military Objects and Procurement, the Latvian Lakes Association, Carnikava Local Government, landowners, as well as developers of the Nature Conservation Plan from the Latvian Fund for Nature.

IMG 6037The representatives of the LIFE CoHaBit project together with the specialists of the Latvia’s State Forests and contractor “R Grupa” review the progress of the works.

Pine felling in the first pilot area of the project near the village of Gauja has been completed; timber harvesting is currently under way.

In the second pilot area of the project, closer to the village of Gauja, the works have been successfully started. Through conversations with the contractors, we have come to the conclusion that, although we have prepared the technological maps very precisely, the woodland dune habitat restoration work still requires a lot of attention and care. Each site has to be treated individually, but at the same time, the overall landscape of the forest should not be overlooked – the reminds making a tapestry!

IMG 5868Today the representatives of the LIFE CoHaBit project together with the experts of the Latvia’s State Forests and the contractor "R Grupa" evaluated the work already done in the pilot area of the project near the village of Gauja.

As forest maintenance experts admit, these restoration works of the woodland dunes had to be done sooner when the forest stand was around 50 years old. Now is the last moment to do the work, since the average age of the pine stands in the pilot area is 80 years, where most pines are of low quality or lanky.

1In September this year, a story was published on the wandering dunes, how they arose and how this natural disaster was contained in Latvia. The article is available here: https://www.tvnet.lv/6777657/smilsu-vara-stasts-par-latvijas-piejuras-kapu-apmezosanu.

As there are public concerns that the restoration of gray dune habitats through the LIFE CoHaBit project could lead to the re-emergence of wandering dunes, we hereby explain the current situation.

For centuries, woodland dunes were felled to obtain timber, which, aided by one-way winds, led to the emergence of wandering dunes.

To stop the spread of wandering dunes, they were strengthened starting from the 19th century. The dune strip closer to the sea shore (front dunes and gray dunes) was fortified by planting willows and other shrubs, while the dune strip below (dunes) was planted with pines.

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